Headaches happen to everyone at one time or another. The head is one of the most common sites of pain in the body. The pain can be isolated to a certain location or move across the head from one point to another. It can be in the form of a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or just dull ache lasting from hours to even a few days. A headache is technically defined as a pain coming from the head or upper neck of the body.
The types of headaches are classified as primary, secondary or cranial neuralgias, facial pain or other headaches. A primary headache is not the symptom of an underlying issue, but just a problem caused by over activity of pain-sensitive structures in your head. They can be triggered by lifestyle factors like stress, changes in sleep or nutrition. There are several types of primary headaches:
Secondary headaches are those caused by an underlying issue with the head or neck. It includes a wide range of medical conditions from dental to sinus to infections. This category also includes traumatic headaches like post-concussion headaches.
The final type is cranial neuralgia which describes inflammation of one of the 12 nerves that supply the motor and sensation function of the head and neck.
A headache is often not something to be concerned about or see your doctor. However, see a doctor if the headache is accompanied by:
Also, see your doctor if you experience headaches more frequently than usual or if they become more severe. If the headache interferes with your normal activities and worsen with over-the-counter drugs, you should also make an appointment with your doctor.